Self-confidence, awareness growing Tuch's game
The beast from Hockey East is now an NHL monster.
Alex Tuch scored his sixth goal of the postseason and earned the game's first star Sunday as he helped guide the Vegas Golden Knights to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 5, to win the series and reach the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural campaign.
The 50 rookie skaters in these playoffs are the most since teams used 54 in 2005-06. That could be a reflection of teams having greater trust in young players arriving from junior hockey or college, or the need to stock rosters with cheap talent as a greater percentage of the salary cap is devoted to the elite.